Get Schooled on Fuel Up to Play 60

December 6, 2012

One of our Partners in Health, Action for Healthy Kids shares an opportunity in today’s post.AFHK stacked color logo

Have you heard about Fuel Up to Play 60 and wondered what the buzz is all about?

Now in nearly 73,000 schools nationwide, Fuel Up to Play 60 is the in-school nutrition and physical education program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes for their own health. Students in Fuel Up to Play 60 schools participate in fun Challenges, track their own healthy eating and physical activity, and help implement and complete “Plays” from a football-inspired Playbook.

But students can’t do it alone. More than 26,000 adults – PE teachers, classroom teachers, school nutrition directors, school nurses, administrators and others – currently lead Fuel Up to Play 60 in their schools in the role of a Program Advisor. And, their involvement makes all the difference. School engagement and student awareness and involvement significantly increase with the presence of a Program Advisor – particularly when two or more adults are working with kids in a leadership capacity.

“As a PE teacher, Fuel Up to Play 60 was right up my alley,” says Daniel Hill, the Program Advisor at Tates Creek Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky, who has used Fuel Up to Play 60 to hold “taste tests” to expose kids to new foods, organize a healthy chili night featuring local produce, and much more. “But the program has both a nutrition component and a physical activity component, so I wanted to make sure when we did food tastings and a chili night that our food service director was involved. That collaboration was a benefit.”

Are you passionate about helping students learn to eat healthy and move more? Please consider joining the ranks of Fuel Up to Play 60 champions as a catalyst for change in your school. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to get started today, or tune in to a free Action for Healthy Kids webinar to learn more about the program basics, what it means to be a Program Advisor, and how to apply for a competitive grant of up to $4,000 per school to implement Fuel Up to Play 60 at your school.

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